Winners of the I Love Beeston awards announced

On Thursday 23rd April, the finalists of the I Love Beeston awards attended a ceremony at The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields to celebrate all that is great about the town. Around 150 people attended the event to show their support for the finalists.

The Nottingham Post and Beeston BID (the organisation behind Lets go to Beeston) teamed up to host the awards. It was a sparkling evening that featured Knights on horses to celebrate St Georges Day, and was compared by BBC Radio Nottingham presenter Mark Dennison.

More than 500 nominations for businesses and individuals came in-each one a worthy winner in their own right and the judges had a tough time in picking the deserving winners.

Stephanie Moss-Pearce, Manager of Beeston BID spoke to the audience about her delight of the number of nominations that were sent in to the Post;

“The idea behind the awards has really been about lifting the spirits of the people of Beeston. To watch the excitement of businesses putting themselves forward and encouraging people to vote for them through to the surprise and happiness of being put forward as a finalist has really been heart-warming and exactly what I wanted to achieve when floating this idea about 6 months ago.

We hope the success of the awards will grow and this becomes an annual event, giving recognition to those that deserve it and letting people know what a fantastic town we have here in Beeston.”

The winners and runners-up

Local hero award (Sponsored by KLG Amazing Glazing): Antoinette Fox, of Fred Hallam

Runners-up: Nigel Pepper and Lynda Lally)

Young achiever award (Sponsored by Stagecoach Beeston): Florence Clifford-Albrighton

Runners-up: Jolene Knox and Dylan Wilson)

Sports personality of the year award (Sponsored by Circle Nottingham): Karin Williams

Runners-up: James Wells and Richard Ward

Community award (Sponsored by Specsavers): Lynda Lally

Runners-up: Oxjam Festival and White Lion Pub & Kitchen

Retailer of the Year (Sponsored by CP Walker and Son): Fred Hallam

Runners-up: The Cycle Inn and Chimera

Family business of the year (Sponsored by Midcounties Co-operative Travel): TEK Kickboxing

Runners-up: Bubble IT and Hicklings DIY

Food and Drink award (Sponsored by Beeston BID): Cafe Roya

Runners-up: Local Not Global Deli and Relish

New Business of the Year (Sponsored by NET): The Food Bar

Runners-up: Candela and Created By Hand)

Small Business of the Year (Sponsored by Central College Nottingham): Effortless Beauty

Runners-up: Woodside Management Services and Out Of This World

Pride of Beeston award (Sponsored by Westerman): Beeston Community First Responders

(Photography Courtesy of Nottingham Post)